April house price average at all-time high of more than £286,000

A lack of sellers and a huge surge in the number of people looking to buy a home has pushed the average asking price of homes coming on to the market in April up to an all-time high of just over £286,000, according to the country’s biggest property website.

The report from Rightmove further highlights Britain’s housing crisis and comes in the wake of a series of announcements by party leaders that have made property a key election theme.

March was the property portal’s busiest ever month since its launch in 2000, with the number of people looking at homes up 20% year-on-year. However, at the same time the number of new sellers listing on the website was down 4% in the first three months of the year compared with 2014.

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